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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490
MGM Boats is staging an ‘Open Boat’ event onboard its new 2019 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 this weekend. The ‘Open Boat’ will take place on Saturday the 6th, from 11:00 till16:00 on Kinsale Yacht Club Marina. MGM Boats will be on hand to walk you…
Paal Janson, chairman of the Irish Marine Federation
Feedback from the public and interested stakeholders is being sought on the Government’s Marine Planning Policy Statement by Friday 9 August. The statement sets out efforts to bring marine planning “into the mainstream of Government functions” as issues surrounding land…
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XP44 “WOW” sailing upwind off Kinsale with her UK Sailmakers Uni-Titanium Mainsail and J2 Jib. Photo: Robert Bateman
A busy June period drew to a close this weekend; concluding with the ever-popular biennial Sovereign's Cup Regatta – writes Graham Curran of UK Sailmakers Ireland. The weather did not make life easy for competitors over the four-day regatta but…
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 The Wright Brother's "Mata"
North Sails Ireland was on and off the water, last week in Kinsale for the biennial Sovereign's Cup supporting our customers and all the competitors writes Maurice O'Connell My colleague Shane Hughes raced aboard the Wright's "Mata", winning the super-competitive…
Kenny Rumball of Dun Laoghaire is racing in the Round Gotland Race
Dun Laoghaire's Kenny Rumball is skippering the Ker 40 Keronimo in the Round Gotland Race that started yesterday.  It's not Rumball's first time in charge of the Swedish Grand Prix yacht. Last month he steered her to second in RORC's Cervantes Trophy Race. In…
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The new X4° lowered into the water at the X-Yachts factory in Denmark
X-Yachts has announced that its brand new X4° cruising yacht has been launched in Denmark ahead of upcoming sea trials. The performance cruiser was announced in February of this year as the latest addition to the successful Pure X range.…
Seapoint Bach in Termonfeckin
TheJournal.ie is reporting along with other news outlets that a teenage girl has died after getting into difficulty swimming off a Co Louth beach yesterday (friday 28 June). The 14-year-old girl was reportedly pulled out to sea by a rip…
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X-79 #1 has now been restored to its original condition, 40 years after first hitting the water
The restoration to original condition of X-79 #1, the first X-Yachts model produced some 40 years ago, has been completed by X-Yachts founding member Birger Hansen. As reported in March, Birger and Lars Jeppersen travelled to the Channel Islands last…
"Stroller", a design by Michelle Browne and Jeni Roddy for the Galway 2020 "Hope it rains" project. The project is inviting public participation in imaginative designs for west of Ireland weatherproof gear
Seafarers know there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. A Galway 2020 European capital of culture project is hoping to tap into some of that knowledge, as part of an international design contest for weatherproof wear.…
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The new Swift Trawler 41 in Sedan and Flybridge variations
Irish Beneteau dealers BJ Marine are looking forward to the arrival of the new Swift Trawler 41. The Swift Trawler range has been one of the most successful in Irish waters, says BJ Marine’s James Kirwan, especially the original 42…
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An Elite RIB from O'Sullivan's Marine
As part of its expansion, O’Sullivan’s Marine is now offering two exciting new ranges of RIBs and Inflatables to the Irish market writes Brian O'Sullivan. OSM RIBs AND INFLATABLES – After years of research, O’Sullivan’s Marine have finally found a range…
The ‘orange slick’ at Salthill near Dun Laoghaire this morning, Tuesday 25 June, now confirmed by DLRCoCo to be caused by an algal bloom
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School (INSS) has expressed its frustration over the second discharge this month of wastewater into Dublin Bay, which has seen new bathing bans issued at several popular swimming spots in the capital. While the…
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Paul O'Higgins and his great team on "Rockabill VI" were the overall D2d winners
The D2D race was, in many ways, similar to the 2009 race which I did on the X41 "Legally Blonde" writes Maurice O'Connell in this post-race review. Similar to then, strong northerlies made for a very very fast trip with…
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Sail-Sense attaches permanently to the sail, measuring key performance data such as UV, hours of use, G-Force and Flogging (movement).
UK Sailmakers Ireland has teamed up with Spinlock to bring sail making to the next level in Ireland for our racing customers writes Barry Hayes. We have two of Spinlocks new Sail Sense trackers on John Murphy’s J109 Outrajeous on…
AMS Panther is one of the three vessels that will be involved in the ecological survey for the Dublin Array between now and May 2020
A series of ecological surveys will take place in the Irish Sea off the Dublin and Wicklow coast between now and May next year to provide data on seabirds and marine mammal species to inform the development of the Dublin…
Hervé Gastinel
International Boat Industry is reporting that Hervé Gastinel has stepped down as chief executive of Groupe Beneteau with immediate effect. Gastinel, who was CEO of the French boatbuilding group since 2015, has been replaced by Beneteau chairman Jérôme de Metz.…

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